Goodreads Partners with EBSCO: Reader Reviews Now Available to Libraries

Posted by Jessica on June 22, 2011

Goodreads members are strong supporters of public libraries, so we are especially excited to announce that thanks to a new agreement with EBSCO Publishing, reader ratings and book reviews from Goodreads will be incorporated into NoveList, a readers' advisory resource with widespread use in libraries. Goodreads's wealth of 11 million book reviews and 110 million ratings will now help librarians answer one of the most frequently asked questions—what do I read next?

The agreement brings together two companies that are dedicated to fostering a love of reading while sharing a belief that libraries have a key role to play in a community of readers. For readers searching the library catalog, content from Goodreads will serve as a powerful book discovery tool. NoveList founder Duncan Smith says librarians are always being asked for their recommendations. "With Goodreads we can point the user to thousands of readers who have read and commented on the books they are considering."

Independent market research indicated that NoveList is the most highly-rated readers' advisory resource in public libraries. NoveList Select allows libraries to add NoveList content into library catalogs allowing users to leverage the library catalog to discover new books and similar titles in the library's collection. The agreement now allows Goodreads' ratings and reviews to be incorporated into that same user experience.

Goodreads is home to both library patrons and librarians. In one poll, 30 percent of the nearly 17,000 respondents indicated that they went to the library for more of their books, eclipsing brick-and-mortar chain bookstores (22 percent) and online stores (18 percent). Are you a frequent library patron? Look for Goodreads the next time you are browsing a library catalog with NoveList!


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message 1: by William (new)

William Hello, I'm curious how privacy settings will interact with this deal: how much control will individuals users have over the type of information that will be shared with EBSCO? If I share certain information only with other registered users, with those settings hold within EBSCO? This might be especially important for minors. Will users be asked to formally agree to have their reviews shared? Will individual users be able to opt out of their reviews being included, either one-by-one or in total?

Thanks,
William C.


message 2: by Dan (new)

Dan Porter William,

If you go to your profile edit page you'll find a checkbox in the lower part of the box on the right side of the page for opting in or out of having your reviews shared with Goodreads partners.


message 3: by William (new)

William Thanks, Dan.


message 4: by Maggie (new)

Maggie Yes, EBSCO is so skint from charging thousands for libraries to access articles that it really needs to take advantage of the reviews book lovers have shared with each other. Very disappointed, Goodreads.


message 5: by Dumitru (new)

Dumitru I suppose that survey was done only in the US and only in libraries that use the NoveList services. I bet the surveyors, or how they are called, never entered a library without NoveList.


message 6: by Justin (new)

Justin I'm disappointed, too. This company also owns EBSCO Teleservice, who call our house several times every day with their telemarketing crap. If you do a Google search for "EBSCO Teleservice", you'll see a bunch of people complaining about them and trying to figure out how to get rid of them. I don't trust any corporation that has to resort to these kinds of tactics.


message 7: by Katie (new)

Katie I think it will be great. While NoveList suggests titles that you may enjoy based on indicators about your reading preferences, the results are not always on target. With the option to link to ratings and reviews from Goodreads, librarians and readers will be better able to identify their next must-read.


message 8: by Sophie (new)

Sophie So someone's making money off of the users' reviews, and it's not the users. Good to know.


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